A poem by Autumn Komzik
Down, down far below
Was a place I longed to go.
Each day I strained my eyes to see,
A place I only dreamed to be.
A little town, a mountain peak,
Grassy pastures and a crystal creek.
My friends would often come and go
And tell of the wonders down below.
I longed to join them in that place,
But I was trapped in fate’s embrace.
Separated by a chasm far and deep–
I was perched on a cliff narrow and steep.
Make the jump–it was the only way;
It was the one price required to pay.
Below the rocks were sharp as knives
There was the chance one wouldn’t survive.
I looked over the edge and hugged the wall;
I chose to stay and never to fall.
I lived my life always to dream;
I never felt the crystal stream,
Or stood on the top of the mountain peak,
Or laid in pastures grassy and sweet;
I never walked on streets of cobblestone–
I lived up here…all alone.
A life wasted, almost gone by;
I never truly lived, because I was afraid to die.
Make the jump–it was the only way
Not to waste one more day.
Now more afraid not to jump at all
I step over the edge, and take the fall.
The air around me sings,
And I discover all along, I had wings.
Don’t be afraid of to fail, be afraid not to try.